HMS MEDscience's mission is to address the inspiration gap in STEM education by providing students with opportunities to enhance the necessary 21st Century skills for success in their academic and future careers. Our vision is that all students, regardless of background, education, or zip code, should have equal opportunities in education and the sciences. Our program immerses students in realistic and dynamic simulated medical emergencies that promote teamwork and problem-solving skills. HMS MEDscience engages over 2,400 high school students (including over 700 Boston Public School students) through school-year and summer programs. 65% of the students who engage in school-year programming identify themselves as being part of a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in medicine.
The Associate Director of HMS MEDscience will report to MEDscience's Executive Director and will serve as a strategic partner to the Executive Director and the department's Board of Advisors. The Associate Director will lead a growing team of 13 teachers and administrators. The Associate Director will be responsible for overseeing MEDscience's four programs (MEDscience, MEDscienceLAB, MEDscience Forensics, and Moonshot) and strengthening key organizational capacities, including research, measurement and evaluation, and strategic communications. They will be responsible to oversee and supervise all aspects of program and operations.
The Associate Director will lead a comprehensive strategic planning process. MEDscience has grown rapidly in recent years and the organization is now restructuring to accommodate rapid growth and increased demand for services and programs. While the Associate Director will play a central role in managing the day to day, expanding operations of the program, they will also be charged with leading, shaping, and implementing a major strategic planning process, which will be executed in collaboration with the Executive Director and MEDscience's Board of Advisors. This work will include evaluating potential avenues for growth, identifying major strategic priorities, and developing a multi-year plan that sequences key action steps. Once the plan is finalized and approved, the Associate Director will lead and direct implementation efforts across the organization.
The Associate Director will also be responsible for developing and managing a new teacher training initiative that is in the early stages of development. The Associate Director will be responsible for finalizing the concept of the initiative, developing a business model, and leading the launch and implementation of this expansive national program.
The Associate Director must be a skillful manager, a visionary leader and collaborative relationship builder who can work effectively within HMS and with external partners. They must engage, motivate, and mentor staff; be a creative and resourceful problem solver; and a skilled and versatile communicator capable of representing HMS MEDscience in a wide range of settings, especially in areas of public relations and development.
Key responsibilities for the Associate Director will include:
Shape and implement organization-wide multi-year strategic plan, in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Assistant Director of Administration, and the Board of Advisors. Develop and manage complex projects and new programs that emerge from strategic planning process.
Manage launch of new teacher training institute. This will include curriculum development, cultivating and managing strategic partnerships, developing and implementing a revenue model, and establishing and managing towards key performance indicators.
Staff leadership & management: manage a growing team of 13 teachers and administrators. Strengthen and codify training for teachers, including development of training materials and planning for ongoing professional development (in collaboration with Assistant Director of MEDscience and Assistant Director of Administration).
Revenue strategy & financial planning:
Oversee implementation of fee-for-service revenue model (generating over 70% of annual department budget), inclusive of both school-year and summer program fees.
Develop annual fee-for-service revenue targets, integrating programmatic and financial goals.
Support Executive Director and Assistant Director of Administration in the development and management of the annual budget and overall financial management.
Lead a wide range of strategic communications and research projects, including:
Developing and updating curriculum and training for partners (primarily high school educators).
Writing grants and proposals for strategic and programmatic initiatives, with a particular focus on securing major gifts and grants ($50K+).
Leading research and writing projects that target scientific publications (academic journals, industry publications). This will include contracting with a research and evaluation consultant and monitoring their work.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required.
Minimum of 7 years' relevant work experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Significant management experience including personnel, budget, and planning responsibilities.
Clinical experience and teaching experience (especially in a high school setting) are both advantageous, as is experience working in youth development organizations.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including students, educators, partners.
Highly effective at developing and leading teams and setting and maintaining strategic direction.
Skilled at shaping and implementing complex, long-term projects.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with research, writing, and editing in academic settings is a plus. Demonstrated ability to represent an organization/department in public settings.
Deep understanding of health equity. Experience working with populations underrepresented in medicine (URIM) and developing and implementing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) initiatives.
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.
As part of the criminal background screen for this role, HMS will conduct a federal CORI check as a condition of employment.
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
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